Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Breaking News for Poets: Academy of American Poets Reveals Poster for National Poetry Month 2013

Love this year's poster by Jessica Helfand!

To see posters from other years, go here.




2013 Poster
Design: Jessica Helfand
Sponsors: American Booksellers Association, American Library Association, Dixon Ticonderoga, EBSCO, The New York Times, National Council of Teachers of English, Merriam-Webster, Poetry Foundation, Random House, Scholastic
The 2013 poster features the line "Write about your sorrows, you wishes, your passing thoughts, your belief in anything beautiful." from Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Confession Tuesday: The I Hate to Exercise & Age Edition

I love the line "Many underweight people *hate* summer"


Dear Reader,

It's been a week and a new yoga class since my last confession.  I confess yoga does more for my soul than most anything else.  It's a greater wellness than just wanting a flat stomach or a beach body, a term I hate as aren't all bodies beach bodies?  Our culture and it's crazy "if you look good on the outside, you must be okay on the inside mentality..."

I'm going on already, let's begin.  To the confessional--

I confess I hate exercise.  I hate anything I have to do "to exercise" - walking on a treadmill, lifting weights. anything called powerpump or powerlift.  Hate it.

However, if I was going mountain biking or taking my dog for a walk or to the beach, that's different.  If you say to me "let's go exercise," I say no.  If you say, "Let's go play tennis," I'm in.

I am cranky about anything I feel I have to do to "look better."

I am cranky that if you're a woman at some point in time your "size" or "body shape" wasn't right.  Even though I am highly amused (and maybe jealous) there was a time when women were considered "less than" for being well, less than (i.e. too skinny), still, it's such slap in the face to women that our self worth = a certain dress size.

Of course, that said, I would so much rather be in a time of curvy bodies than the underweight world.

One of the things I have most looked forward to with growing older is not feeling as if I have to have the perfect body and having lower standards to live up to.

Though truth be told, I never had the perfect body and when I did, I was too insecure and body negative to even know I did.  Yes, all those years I thought I "looked fat" I was of normal weight with perfect skin and perfect everything.  This is where youth is wasted on the young.

But here I am, somehow I crossed the 40's line, which doesn't make sense to me because I remember when 40 was *old* -- all those old 40 year olds and their jobs and kids.  Such a boring life and so so old, I thought.

And I've learned that I'm okay being me, even with no perfect skin or flat stomach.  I'll take a glass of wine and dessert over a "beach body" any day.

~

I confess if you were to ask me how old I feel, I'd say 27.

27 was the age I was when I quit my corporate life, moved out of city life and to this small town where I live today.

27 was when I realized I wasn't happy following the path of others, when I started wearing flowered cotton dress and dressing Northwest granola.

27 was the year I was so thankful to have time to write.  And I was gardening, constantly outside with my hands in the earth.

I confess I feel happier the older I get, which honestly, surprises me.

~

I confess I'm thinking about exercise because I've returned to taking yoga classes at my local gym. But yoga is doesn't feel like exercise because it also opens my mind.  I think smarter when I'm done with it.  Yoga, while helping the body, helps my mind more.

I confess sometimes I think I could sit my life away.  I seem to be most content under a blanket or in the sun napping.  Maybe I was a cat in a previous life.

I'm not sure.  And I'm not sure how any of this plays into creativity except that I find creative ways to move as well as creative ways to avoid moving.

And maybe I'm thinking of an overall wellness. Maybe I've learned that you have to work on the inside before you'll ever be happy with the outside.

Amen.

~ Kells


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Monday, January 28, 2013

4 Poetry/Writing Lecture Podcasts from @ptcentrum featuring poets Arthur Sze in '98, Linda Bierds '97, William Pitt Root '79, & Gary Copeland Lilley Lecture '12



 Centrum a great arts program in Port Townsend, Washington was just emailed me these podcasts from their craft lecture series.  

They are in the process of archiving all their podcasts, enjoy these!


William Pitt Root reading from 1979

Gary Copeland Lilley Lecture from 2012

Linda Bierds Lecture & Reading from 1997

Arthur Sze Reading from 1998


~ Kells

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@DanaSitar - The Writer's Bucket's List eBook & How To Write a Press Release

A couple weeks ago Dana Sitar wrote me an email telling me about her upcoming eBook, The Writer's Bucket List ($9.99) which will be available Feb 5, 2013.

I receive a ton of press releases from publicity agents, presses, writers, etc, about new books coming out.  But this one stood out to me and here's why--

1)  She spelled my name correctly (yay!) and she wrote how she learned about me and my blog:
 I discovered your blog last year through Robert Lee Brewer's list of Best Blogs for Writers.

2) She told me immediately why she was writing me ( her new ebook) and it might be helpful or informational for readers of my blog.

3)  She gave me an advance copy I could easily pull up with a link.

Normally, I like hardcopies mailed to me as I like to see the quality of the book and keep it on my nightstand to read before bed (yes, that's how I roll, old school), but she had done everything right in this email, and I liked her, so I clicked on the link.

4)  She was brief, polite, and sincere.  She ended it with what I could do to help her (basically, I like it feel free to mention it to others and friends) and thanked me.

That was it.  Basically, 4 steps to a perfect press release or publicity email.

There were no attachments. She bolded the important parts. It was a clean, easy to read email.

And one more thing, when I saw her photograph-- she was incredibly likable looking--



I look a little cranky in my most recent headshot, but because I'm *always* smiling in my others, I went for something new.  Anyway, when I saw her photo, I seriously wanted to help her out.

And then as I looked more into this book, I realized she has done all the work.  She began writing professionally in 2010 and wrote "in 2010 I was 24" - do the math, it's 2013, she's 27, under 30 and look at what she's doing.  I'm hugely impressed with writers who find what they want to do and do it.  And finish!

These are the types of women in the world who inspire me.

So here's her new book:

The Writer's Bucket List by Dana Sitar:  What I like about this book is that she's young and she did this on her own.

It's not meant for someone whose been writing awhile  (though I did enjoy reading her 99 Things to Do as a Writer from type on a typewriter to write a thank you note to your teachers), but these are small ideas (a couple paragraphs for each idea) for someone who wants to be writer, but isn't sure where to begin.

She is there for writers who have decided they'd like to try writing and aren't sure where to begin. I have a feeling we're going to see a lot more from her.

Here's what Dana wrote about The Writer's Bucket List:


In May 2011, I left my job and home in Madison, Wisconsin to move to San Francisco to be a full-time writer. I didn’t know what that meant, and I had no idea how to make it happen. Nonetheless, I started to collect clients, publish stories, and make my living writing and doing what I love.
I’ve been trying to come up with the right response to the readers, friends and colleagues who say to me, “I’d like to do what you’re doing, but…”
I needed a way to say, “So do it already!”

Loudly.

So I wrote a book.
‘A Writer’s Bucket List’ is a launching point for all of the possibilities of being a writer. Instead of another how-to on any kind of writing, this book is a “Why not?” for the writer’s life.
The list is a combination of the unique steps that have formed my career and bolstered my creativity, and the things I haven’t yet had a chance to try. The book offers some conventional and some unconventional steps on the path through a writer’s life, why they matter, and advice for getting started.

________________________________


By the way, here's her bio-

Dana Sitar is a freelance journalist and indie author. She shares resources, tips, and tools for writers in search of a path through DIY Writing. She has been writing professionally since 2010, blogging unabashedly since 2011, and traveling perpetually since she discovered that one feature article could purchase enough gas for a cross-country road-trip.
Dana has written for Writer’s Market, The Daily CardinalThe OnionBaystagesSF Weekly,Laughspin, and Maximum Ink; as well as dozens of writing and career blogs, including The Creative Penn, Make a Living Writing, and Brazen Life. Her ebook A Writer’s Bucket List: 99 things to do for inspiration, education, and experience before your writing kicks the bucket was released in 2013.


And her website:  Dana Sitar  http://danasitar.com/

_____________

For me, this is a reminder of what is possible for all of us.  16 years ago, I quit my corporate job to move to a small town and write.  Sometimes I forget that.  Sometime I forget I'm a writer.  Or feel scattered.

But seeing what she has done inspires me.

Do what you love and FINISH your projects.  

Thanks, Dana, for reminding me that people still follow their dreams and while trying to help others follow theirs.  Nicely done.


~ Kells


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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Confession Wednesday



Dear Reader,

I confess three-day-weekends confuse me and I spend the week being a day behind.  That is where I am today, acting as if it's a Tuesday when it's a Wednesday.  Halfway through the week, and I'm doing my own thing.

So since I'm late, let's get moving!


 To the confessional--


I confess I watched this documentary (two nights in a row) and it's truly one of my favorite documentaries ever:  I AM by Tom Shadyac  You can watch the preview for it here.

It's tweaked how I look at the world in a good way.  HIGHLY recommend it.

~

I confess last Friday I met with 4 friends, who I've met with since 2001 to make our yearly vision board.  They arrive around 4:30 pm and this year, were here until 1 am.  It's a long process of food, wine, then sitting around a table cutting out images from magazines that resonate with us or are things we'd like more of in our life in the next year.

I was in love with last year's poster, this year, I'm still not sure about it.  I'm learning what it says and means.

It's a lot busier than last year's version.  And while I before I began it, I wrote down goals and ideas for what I'd like achieve, do more of, or see in 2013, this poster still felt a little unorganized.

Here's the center image from it:

The red & green looks Christmasy, but it's the universe.


Sometimes at the end of the year, I understand more what it's about.

I hope to like it more as the year goes by.  I know there have been other years when I've felt a little disappointed with what I've created, but have learned to like it.  Plus, there are aspects of my poster I like, it's just like meeting someone new, I have to get to know her a little better.

I also think that for me, this year is about letting go, trusting, having fait and while trying to keep a good balance.  And it's about creating.  New things.  All sorts of things.  And new work.

~

I confess I have been so sleepy lately.  The less romantic way to say this is: fatigued.

Let's just say I am currently having a dysfunctional relationship with my electric blanket and pillow.  I am becoming co-dependent on them.

~

I confess I am all confessed out this week.

Cheers to early bedtimes.
Amen.


~ Kells

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Free downloadable "Success Chart" to keep on your desk

It is so easy to forget about all the daily successes you have over the year.

Because of that, I created this simple "Success Chart" to print out and keep on your desk.

See how simple it is?

But it's a reminder to yourself to put down anything that was "good news." From getting a poem accepted, to winning a random drawing, to doing something you were afraid to do, to someone complimenting your work (or your hair) or whatever you want to remember.

We can be so focused on what we don't have or didn't get, we lose track of what we have and what we've achieved, or any of the good news that comes our way.

Consider it a gratitude journal of successes!

Anyway, if you want your own you can download it here at MediaFire for free:  Success Chart

Enjoy!  And chart those successes!

best,
Kells

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

My Best Friend: Spoon

Someone asked to see my spoon (okay, that sounds rude...) 
But this is what they meant and what they wanted to see:



Note:  Spoon in photograph may not appear as special as it is in real life.



~ Kells

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Confession Tuesday: The Details Edition

Albert Einstein in fuzzy slippers... 


Dear Reader,

It's been a week of cold blue skies since my last confession.

My new year, which started out as scattered and confused, has become more focused.  I'm feeling better about where I'm going, what I'm working on, and my upcoming year.

So let's get going... To the confessional--

I confess I like to have some sort of plan.

I have given up to really believing that I'm in charge, but I like to know as our planet spins and continues its loop around this beautiful universe, I have something to do, something to work on.

~

I confess I keep a TO DO list on my desk that I write before bed so I know what the plan is the next day.  Without this list, I end up wandering the house aimlessly unsure of what I'm supposed to be doing.  My morning head is always cloudy, and where some people get their best thoughts in the morning, I do not.

My best thoughts come once I'm in the shower (as did Einstein's...though I am no Albert Einstein).

~

I confess I have a spoon I got at the Goodwill that looks like no other spoon in the drawer.  It's small, with a black handle and for some reason, I just see it as the most perfect spoon in the world.

When I have my morning cereal with this spoon I feel more relaxed, like I'm camping and this is my camping spoon.  It's the weirdest thing, but I have deep feelings for this spoon.

~

I confess I also love slippers and feel that the secret to a good life is - a full night's sleep, a warm house, good food, time for what you love, & slippers.

~

I confess this year one of my focuses is get me out of my comfort zone.  I like it here way too much for my own good.  I know I miss out on things because it's easier just to stay in the comfort zone than to stretch myself, but I don't want to be shrub all my life, I want to stretch tree-style and reach out for something more.

Amen.

~ Kells

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Great Apps & Websites for Writers, Poets & Creatives

Salvador Dali jumping rope. . .just because.



Over the last month I've found a few things that might help you be more productive, gather information or be creative in other ways.

Here's a few of my favorite apps & websites I've found recently:

Creativity:

Dreamboard:  An app & a website where you can record all your dreams.

Pros: really easy to record your dreams.  Keeps track of how many times you dream of the same people, reoccurring images, how often you dream.

Cons: Sometimes double counts people if you mention them in your summary, doesn't track reoccurring places.

***My note:  I use it every morning (instead of doing morning pages for Artist Way) and it's basic but works.

~

The Email Game: www.emailga.me:  Answer your gmail more quickly because you get points for taking care of email and scheduling it to return (aka boomerang it back at a better time).

Pros:  If you're competitive as I am or like playing games, this will challenge you to get through your email.  I cleaned out I email box the first day.

Negatives:  A couple people received a note in my email that it might not be from me because it was sent from an outside website.  But that only happened a couple times and seems to be fixed, though I'm not sure how.

Also, it's only for Gmail.


And if you find you like, that you can download--

Boomerang: http://www.boomeranggmail.com/  to your regular email.

Pros: It's free for the first month.  And you can schedule things to be sent later or have emails you aren't ready to work on to be sent to you later.

Cons:  There's a small monthly fee to keep it if you like it.

My Note:  I love it and will definitely continue with it.

~

1 Second App by Cesar Kuriyama:    A fantastic 99 cent app you can get for your phone.  Every day you take video that reflects a moment in your day.  Then you choose 1 second from that day. In a month, you have 30 second of video.  In a year, 356 seconds of video.

My note:  I've been doing this since January 1 and I'm looking forward to seeing my year in review.  I've missed two days, but they let me put in a photo.  I supported his Kickstarter campaign, which might make me like it more.


~

The Emergent Task Planner:  This is a great to do list to help organize your day and the top three things you want to get done.

I think there's actually a book that goes with this as well, but I haven't read it.  But love this sheet to help me organize.




~ Kells  

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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Confession Tuesday



Dear Reader,

It's been a full week and one upcoming birthday since my last confession.

Where to begin?  To the confessional--


I confess I basically let my house become a messy kingdom over Christmas break.  I knew it was really bad when my husband said, "Did you see I cleaned?"  When he starts picking up things and organizing, you know it's bad.

And it's not as if he doesn't clean up, but I am the OCD girl, I am the one who likes things in their place, the microwave on 0 (no numbers left in space, please), the mail put away, keys hung on the keyrack, and clean surfaces.  But I let it all go.

I said to my daughter, "We could be on the Hoarders Christmas special."  Manger: ✓. Ceramic Christmas Village: ✓.  7-9 Nutcrackers: ✓.   Shelves of wooden snowmen: ✓.  Scissors, tape, and wrapping paper everywhere: 

Now the house is clean again.  My office is clean again.  The guest room is clean again.  Simple stuff, straightening up, but wow, can it soothe the soul.  It feels good not to be tripping over our overflowing recycle bins.  And I love organizing things.    Ahhhh, I can create again.

~

I confess I've been trying a few new productivity things for the new year and here's a few I love:

Boomerang for Gmail:  http://www.boomeranggmail.com/

If you ever had to read the Personal Efficiency Program  (aka PEP) by Kerry Gleeson, you might really like this.  The PEP program when I read it, was a series of folders you keep in your desk, all dated, and you organized your week, month and year through them.  Basically, if you're not working a project, it shouldn't be in your mind.  So you file it under the right date.

The Boomerang program (which only works on Gmail I learned) does the same thing.  If an email comes and it's something you plan to do in 1hr, 2 hrs, the evening, the next day, etc. --You mark that email with the date/time you want to work on it and it comes back to you (like a boomerang).  That way, your inbox isn't filled with a bunch of gunk to look at that you don't need to do.

To make this even more fun, they have The Email Game - www.emailga.me where you answer, respond, and boomerang emails as quickly as possible to earn points.  If you're competitive, this may be the thing for you.

For example, on my first day, I cleared out my entire email box.  Seriously.  It was empty.  And it was fun to do.

Realize, I am an organization nerd who loves these things and loves finding new systems and ways to do things differently/better.  This has been my best find of 2013 and it's only day 8.

~

I confess tomorrow is my birthday and I LOVE birthdays on Facebook.  That is really what Facebook is good for, wishing people a happy birthday.

Cheers!
Amen.


~ Kells

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Saturday, January 05, 2013

The Writer's Complaint - Editors Who Solicit Your Work, Then Reject You (A Prom Sucks Rant)

I'm the one on the right...


I have an interesting pet peeve that has been happening to me and some other writers I know.  Some of these writers are very well-known.  Some are not as known, but you'd recognize their names.  You'd say, I can't believe they rejected him or her. I'm going to leave them anonymous to protect the innocent, but I've been talking with them to make sure this just wasn't a *me* thing, this wasn't just something that felt bad to me... and they said they dislike too, so I'm going to jump into this topic fully, reveal how I've been feeling about editors who solicit your work, then reject you--> I hate this new/old trend.

Here's the deal--  In the last year, numerous editors asked me to submit to their journals.  My thought?  Wonderful! I haven't been submitting and I never know where to submit, so when someone writes me and says, "We like your work and would love for you to submit to our journal," I'm excited because now I have an idea where I can send my poems.

I submit to well-known, well-read journals as well as new journals and teeny-tiny journals.  I don't judge the journal on anything except the editor who asked and if I have work to send. Basically, if I like the editor as a person, I submit...though sometimes I don't have anything available or get busy, etc and don't submit, but mostly, I've submitted to all the folks who asked me to submit to their journals this year.

But this is not the problem.  In fact, this is a problem to have--being asked to submit work.  I agree, it's a blessing. And I love being asked to submit work and I'm thankful I'm in a place where people do ask.  And yes, it is still an honor to be asked.  I love receiving those notes because it makes me feel good and as a head-in-the-oven poet, any sort of nod that someone is reading and liking my work matters to me.

For me, the problem comes after sending work to these editors as requested and then they reject me.  Or when any writer submits to a journal that specifically emails them and asks them to "please submit to our journal" and they are rejected.

Because it totally sucks to be rejected after being asked to submit.  Rejection sucks anyway.  After someone has taken the time to call you beautiful then shrugs you off, it feels worse.

A few facts:

1) I know when I submit to these journals even AFTER being asked, it's not a guarantee I'll have work chosen.  I know this. I know this in my heart of hearts.  Still, when you specifically ask a writer to submit to your journal and you reject him/her-- it stings even more.

Or maybe just for me.

Rejections after being asked to submit make me ache and doubt.  It's as if I was asked to the dance, I show up in my best outfit and my date doesn't want to dance with me at all.  In fact, he sends me home.  He gave me the corsage, but wants nothing to do with me.  You were prettier before you arrived at the dance, he says.


2)  I am an editor myself at Crab Creek Review.  Occasionally an editor at our journal will ask someone to submit (this tends to be rare because we all believe as writers ourselves-- if we ask you to the dance, we're going to dance with you).

Some times those writers/poets have submitted but the work they submitted isn't exactly what we were looking for or what we expected from them.

Do we reject them?  No.  What we do is work with the poet/writer and ask them to send something else.  Why?  Because *we* asked them to submit to us.  And they did.  We asked them to the dance so we plan on dancing with them even though their blue tuxedo doesn't match our fuchsia gown.

3) No matter how nice and personal the rejection letter is written, it's still a rejection.

~~~

What do I think should be done about this? Honestly?

Editors-- Do not ask a writer or poet to submit to your journal UNLESS you are going to work with him/her to find something you can use and publish.

Otherwise, it feels sleezy.  How many other people are you asking to submit to your journal?  How many others are you asking to the prom?  How many people are you asking to help you get the writers you want, but in the end, you're stepping on their heads to get to the top of whatever mountain you're trying to climb.

If you want to get better poets and writers to submit to you, then publish a better journal.  Do better advertising.  Expand your readership.  Pay them.  Give them more copies.  Give them publicity.  Support their projects.

Don't write to the writers and ask them to submit because you want "the best of the best" or better writers to choose from.

And this is not to say I'm the "best of the best," this is only to say, I was asked to a few dances this year, showed up, and cow's blood was dumped on me... No wait, that was Carrie.

I was asked, I showed up, and I was rejected.

In the big picture of life, this isn't a huge deal.  In the moment of having a bad week and being rejected after being asked, it hurts a little more.

So editors, as an editor myself and a writer too-- be careful with the artists you play with.

We can be big & tough, well-known, sort-of-known, kind-of-known, not-known, but in so many ways every time we start a new poem or essay or story, we are beginners again.  We may look as if we're made of bricks, but we're made of paper and we crumple easily.

Remember that, dear ones.



~ Kells

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Attn: Women Poets! Poets on the Coast Writing Retreat in #Oregon, Sept. 6-8th

Kelli & Susan at the Poets on the Coast!


Susan Rich & I are part of the 3rd Annual Poets on the Coast: Weekend Writing Retreat for Women in Newport, Oregon September 6-8, 2013.  The event is held at the Sylvia Beach Hotel, the greatest hotel for writers I've ever been to!

We have 5-6 more openings in you're interested in joining us.  Prices go up after February 14th, so if you're considering going, this may be the time to register.

You can register online or by PayPal-- just drop me a note at my email (kelli at agodon.com) that you'd like me to hold your place and I'll get you on our list.

Here's more info below:


POETS ON THE COAST
September 6-8, 2013
Join Kelli Russell Agodon and Susan Rich for the third Poets on the Coast Weekend Writing Retreat September 6 - 8th, 2013 at the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport, Oregon on historic Nye Beach. We will gather to write, read and share our work inspired by the landscape and creative energy around us.

This retreat has been designed for women writers of all levels, from beginning poets to well published. Sessions on creativity, generating work, publication, a Master Class workshop, and one-on-one mentoring are included as well as morning yoga. 
 



We only have a limited number of spaces available and they will be filled on a first-come basis.


With the Sylvia Beach Hotel, designed to inspire writers with its literary-themed rooms, this retreat will offer you a unique experience to explore your writing and creativity. Come spend a weekend with other women poets. Be ready to be nurtured, inspired and creative. 


Also, this year we're including an OPTIONAL Manuscript Workshop on Friday, September 6th from 10 am - 1 pm for $75
(This workshop is designed to help poets put together a full or chapbook length collection.  All participants will receive a free chapbook by another poet to help them after the class.)

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Confession Tuesday: New Year's Edition



Dear Reader,

It's been a new year since we've last connected.  It's been a new year, a lot of chocolate, a week in my pajamas since we last spoke.

I could go on like this for hours.  It's almost the second day of 2013, so let's move forward--

To the confessional--

I confess I like doing nothing. Not answering the phone.  Watching Glee reruns.  Not getting out of bed.  Not leaving the house.  It kind of scares me and yet makes me feel thankful for not having any place to be.

I confess that today, I showered and dressed and went out onto Puget Sound (that large body of water between Seattle and rural Washington) on a surfboard.  It was beautiful. I saw killdeer, a kingfisher, a blue heron, and a harbor seal, who I learned was named "Andre." (Yes, that's a bit weird.)

I confess I love doing nothing.  And I know the more nothing I do, the less I want to do.  Bodies and humans are funny this way, bodies in motion stay in motion.  Bodies at rest, stay in their pajamas.

I confess my house is a mess, but I'm not cleaning it up until Christmas break is over.  This is because I know that "winter break" is a synonym for "no one is putting anything away."

I confess I have a future goal of living on in a waterfront home. I don't care if I own or rent it, I just want to be there.  Give me my own patron. Let me be independently wealthy.  Or just let it all work out.  I don't need much, but I love the sea more than I realized and I want it to be my neighbor.

I confess I hope of doing a brainstorm of all my resolutions, but for today, this is what you get.

Happy New Year!
2013.

Amen.

~ Kells

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